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The name's James, Lake James. Licence to thrill

Ever come home from a vacation feeling like you needed another vacation? It can just get so hectic trying to cram everything in. Fear not, with a Lake James vacation rental, you're in safe, stress-free hands. It's a world of secluded, lakefront cabins, of swimming in cool water, of visiting hidden coves and picnicking on sandy mountain beaches. Hike, bike, fish, boat, or simply do nothing at all. It's even got a glint of Hollywood about it, since the Daniel Day-Lewis epic, Last of the Mohicans, used Lake James as a filming location.

Things to do

Every day's a school day with a Lake James vacation rental

Like your activities with a bit of education thrown in? Well then, you'll love a Lake James vacation rental. Several of the hiking trails in Lake James State Park are tailored towards particular audiences, including the Holly Discovery Trail for kids, and the Overmountain Victory Trail for history buffs, which commemorates a patriot militia who thrashed the Brits way back in 1780. There's also a full program of events laid on by the rangers, including wildlife-watching and stargazing. If only expanding your intellectual horizons was always as relaxing as this.


In it, on it, or under it - it's all about the water

Given that it's, well, a lake, water activities are going to play a big part in your Lake James vacation rental. Lake James is well set up for swimming, with changing rooms, concessions, lifeguards, and a dedicated swimming area. The lake's also popular with kayakers, paddle boarders, and jet skiers, plus fishermen on the hunt for the largemouth bass that lurk in the depths. There's a wide, sandy beach for picnics and BBQs, and Lake James State Park contains over 25 miles of hiking trails, 15 of which are open to 2-wheeled adventurers too.


Great beaches, come and meet great weather

The good news for your Lake James vacation rental is that the climate is pretty mild round here. Winters are reasonably cold without being brutal, and spring gets a decent amount of rain. As for summer, you can expect plenty of great beach weather, but the mountain setting of Lake James means it rarely gets too hot for comfort. And if it does? Well, you've got a lake, right there. The swimming area is open between May and September, so you might as well make the most of it, right?

Natural features

Sit back and smell the flowers in Lake James State Park

Lake James is actually a reservoir, up in the mountains of North Carolina. It's a big old patch, covering 10 square miles, with 150 miles of shoreline. And when you're done taking a dip in its cool waters or lounging on its sandy beach, you'll want to explore the 3,600-acre Lake James State Park, which is the largest waterfront park in the state. It's home to all kinds of wildlife including birds and reptiles, plus mammals like flying squirrels, deer, and muskrat. And if you're into wildflowers then say no more - just get your Lake James vacation rental booked on the double.

Can I find a vacation rental around Lake James?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,300 vacation rentals near Lake James. From 1,123 Cabins to 1,238 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake James for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake James?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake James. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Lake Lure: 781 vacation rentals
  • Blue Ridge Mountains: 13,527 vacation rentals
  • North Carolina Mountains: 19,984 vacation rentals
  • Burnsville: 4,113 vacation rentals
  • Linville: 2,116 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake James! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake James?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake James:

  • Lake Lure: 781 rentals
  • Burnsville: 4,113 rentals
  • Linville: 2,116 rentals
  • Little Switzerland: 3,760 rentals
  • Newland: 1,977 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Lake James?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Lake James. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pisgah National Forest: 781 rentals
  • Lake James State Park: 230 rentals
  • Lake James Cellars: 135 rentals
  • Buck Creek Trout Farm: 660 rentals
  • Emerald Village: 485 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake James listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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